2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Update #3

NH Division of Public Health Services Health Alert NetworkOn February 1, 2020, NH DHHS issued a health alert update on 2019 novel coronoavirus.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  1. There are now 8 confirmed infections of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States, including in California (3), Illinois (2), Washington State (1), Arizona (1), and most recently Massachusetts (1). There are no confirmed infections in NH, and the two individuals previously undergoing testing are negative for the 2019-nCoV. There are no additional persons under investigation (PUI) in NH at this time. 
  2. Clinicians should review the recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HAN for updated clinician guidance (see attached), including updated infection prevention and control guidance specific to 2019-nCoV. 
  3. Given the expansion of the 2019-nCoV outbreak to other parts of China, healthcare reception and providers should now ask patients presenting with a fever or respiratory illness about travel to anywhere in China or known close contact to a person confirmed to have 2019-nCoV infection in the 14 days before symptom onset. 
  4. All people should be advised to avoid travel to China. 
  5. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is escalating the national response to slow the spread of this novel coronavirus in the U.S. as outlined below. 
  6. All asymptomatic travelers from China should be instructed to self-isolate for 14 days from their last day of travel to China, including avoiding public settings and any further travel. These individuals should also be instructed to self-monitor for symptoms and to contact the NH Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) at 603-271-4496 if they develop fever or respiratory illness within 14 days of travel to China. 
  7. Anybody who traveled to locations in Hubei Province, China within the last 14 days, even if asymptomatic, should be reported to NH DPHS for more active monitoring. 
  8. Any patients presenting with fever or respiratory illness within 14 days of travel to China should be reported immediately to the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control by calling 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300).

Full DHHS Alert